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set of orders and declarations that whatever he says goes. one man, absolute power. no interference from any core. that is definitely not sitting well with egyptians who endured decades of a single strong-man presidency under hosni mubarak. many people today say say president morsi is creating for himself a new dictatorship. reza sayah is in cairo right now. do these protesters have a point? is this the same style of try this... bayer? this isn't just a headache. trust me, this is new bayer migraine. [ male announcer ] it's the power of aspirin plus more in a triple action formula to relieve your tough migraines. new bayer migraine formula. leadership that triggered the arab spring? >> if you ask the protesters if they have a point, they'll give you an emphatic yes. these are demonstrators who believe the revolution, the principles of the 2011 revolution is in jeopardy, and they believe its current president mohammed morsi who has put those principles in jeopardy. all this outrage and fury as the outcome of a set of decrees
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suddenly announced on thursday night. these give them sweeping powers and it seems to be an effort to push through the drafting of egypt's all new constitution. one of the decrees says that no one, not even the judiciary can overturn and appeal any of mr. morsi's declarations, decisions since he took office in june. this order seems to be put in place until a parliament is in place. several months from now. and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, technically this is a man who can do whatever he wants for the next few months without any oversight. that's one of the decrees, fredricka, that people here are outraged about. they're describe this as a power grab by mr. morsi. does it seem that most people understand that and does it make a difference at all? >> reporter: no. they reject that position by the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well.
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mr. morsi, and that explains the outrage. dramatic scenes in tahrirr square, including alexandria and port sayid. these are reminiscent of what we saw last year. it was then aimed at then president hosni mubarak. today the fury is aimed at mr. morsy. >> they were throwing rocks and monthly taf cocktails. the security forces shooting tear gases in the air. very similar scenes to last year. a similar slogan as well, fred. last year we heard the protests, the slogan, leave, leave, leave. we're hearing it again today. people saying they're not going to leave tahrir square until the regime is toppled. >> what, if anything, is if you were born between 1946 and 1964, you are one of the more than 80 million americans who can officially
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president morsi's office saying? >> he has tried to calm the situation down. a kmpl hours ago he made a speech to a gathering of his supporters saying he is a protector of the revolution. he is one of the people. call themselves baby boomers. all this week we're telling stories that affect this generation. today we're talking about something that has a huge impact on baby boomers' lives. mentally and physically. their desire to look and feel young. boomers know it's possible because every time they turn on the television set, they're inundated with images of gorgeous, older celebrities, and nischelle turner has more on that. >> reporter: just try counting the stars born between 1946 and >> then mohammed elbaradei tweeted this comment a short time ago saying, "morsi, today you served allstate powers and appointed himself egypt's new pharaoh, a major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences." now, this is also somebody who wanted to be president, wanted to lead egypt. how are his comments being 1964. ♪ that's hollywood, baby. booming with entertainers who decades after they debuted are still delivering the goods to the 80 million americans aged 48 to 66 who first made them famous. >> the baby boomers did change everything. they created the me generation, the youth generation, but guess what, when you hold on to that power economically and in the press, you don't let go just because you're 60.
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received by the general consensus of the public? >> well, remember, mohammed elbar day is a member of one of these opposing factions. there are many very powerful political figures sitting in opposition to mr. morsi. the dilemma for them is they don't seem to have a political mechanism in place to take on mr. morsi, who is in power right now and a muslim brotherhood you keep it going. ♪ >> reporter: witness, the rolling stones. the brits' first rock bobby socks kids, nowed t ednow the k their mid-60s. the band members are pushing their 70s. they sold out american arenas in minutes. >> who will call it quits will be the public, not us. when they said we had enough of that's in power right now. even sew, this is something that emerged in 2011. that's the power of the people. there's no more fear for speaking out. it started in 2011, and right now they're speaking out again. they say they'll continue to come out and protest until this government listens to their call. thanks so much. in cairo. now to that cease-fire over the border that president morsi actually helped broker between israel and hamas. you, we'll disappear gracefully. ♪ >> all right, so let's talk more on this, keith richards, mcjagger, setting a high bar for the rest of the baby boomer generation. psychologist wendy walsh joining us live from los angeles. good to see you, wendy. should we -- >> nice to see you. >> -- be inspired or discouraged by this? >> well, of course, we can be inspired but the problem is we can't have what those celebrities have, which is the rounds of doctors and personal
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palestinian leaders say israel has already violated the truce. its soldiers open fire today on a group of palestinians in a buffer zone near the gaza-israeli border. sarah seidner joining us from jerusalem. sarah, no one disputes that israelis soldiers opened fire, but israel and hamas have very different views about the eths that led up to that shooting. what is each side saying? >> well, the department of health there, the ministry in trainers and the plastic surgeons and all the things that baby boomer celebrity models have to us. >> you do think it boils down to that, the kind of resources. it is not just a universal thing among baby boomers that they are mostly kind of type a personalities, and they want to keep it going any way that they can? >> well, the magic question, of course, is are they increasing their health or are they chasing gaza, is saying that these were farmers, they were out, and ended up being fired upon, but the israeli military says that these were several groups of men coming up protesting, coming up to the border fence, trying to go over to the israeli side of the border. that the soldiers fired warning shots in the air initially. when those warnings were not heeded, they ened up shooting towards their legs. the government in gaza is saying that they had killed one person and that the israeli soldiers youth? and that's really the psychological piece. anybody who exercises, for instance, more than three times a week for 30 minutes is doing it for something other than their health. but there is a lot of pressure to stay young as you get older because we live in such a highly sexualized culture. people are expected to change partners, have active sex lives well into their 50s and 60s, when back a few generations ago, grandma was happy to bake pies and grandpa was happy to smoke his pipe. >> you don't think it is contagious that a lot of baby boomers are saying we're just
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injured 25 people. the israeli military right now not confirming that. just saying that they are investigating the potential injuries and proteshl death that may have been caused by israeli soldiers. the situation a bit of a tense one. as you know, we are now coming up to 48 hours. haven't quite hit 48 hours of the cease-fire in place. one of the sticking points is there's no aggression from either side towards the other. this is clearly from the getting better with age? it is not just a celebrity thing. but even if you're not a celebrity, you're getting better because you're more seasoned and that's something to celebrate? >> well, yes, you can celebrate being seasoned but have you noticed we don't have a lot of elder stateman role models in retiree. we have people working until they die. we have people trying to stay young instead of embracing the wisdom with old age and nurturing our culture. some people are doing that, palestinian authority as an aggressive move, although they're blaming israel. israel has not responded yet, but certainly if they were trying to get over -- under the fence on to the israeli side, it would be considered another act of aggression. >> sar why, despite that, there is this belief or consensus that that cease-fire is still holding. how confident are people in general on both sides that this cease-fire will really have some legs, some real lasting power? fredricka, but a whole bunch of other ones are thinking they're still 35. and that's not taking on the role of wise guardian of our social order, is it? >> so you're seeing a real down side to the approach of many of these baby boomers who want to keep it going and what is that to you? >> the down side is by not embracing a stage of life, and denying it, you're denying yourself the very important role in identity that you can achieve and your accomplishments. instead you start competing with another generation and it is a
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>>. >> if you speak to people here in israel a lot of people think this will last for a little while and then again we will see more trouble. we will see more rockets come over and see a response from israel, and this will be another back and forth. people are, frankly, tired of it. they want to see an end to this conflict, and they want to see a permanent solution, something that a lot of people just don't believe they're going to get any time soon. there are a lot of sticking points. they don't see israel and hamas or israel and whoever is in the losing proposition. i think particularly with women, in the strive to look young and beautiful, because of what our culture does, it can be very debilitating and they can have more anxiety, more depression because they'll never keep up with the 35-year-old. >> are you saying just let it go? let it all hang out? >> absolutely not. i'm saying be healthy. be healthy within reason, but ask yourself what's important here? and what am i doing this for? >> all right, find your own personal limits. >> exactly. position of power in gaza agreeing too. the situation in the hospital is really -- >> reporter: 4 this 4-year-old is looking at a bedside story. is he in the hospital, a victim of an age-old conflict that has >> all right, wendy walsh, thanks so much, appreciate it. >> nice to see you. >> all righty. there has been nearly 50 years since the beatles recorded an audition tape for adeckia records. and believe it or not, decca turned them down, didn't see the talent. pretty bad decision, right? their move became known as the biggest mistake in music history. on tuesday, the beatles demo tape actually goes up for auction and bids will open at $48,000.
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shattered his family life. the blast sheered off several of joseph's tiny finger, badly injured his father, and took his mother's life. she was among the first to die on the israel side of the border. he was saying my mother is not here. she's with god. he knows it will be a hard time, his grandmother says. hard is putting it mildly. he has just been through a second surgery. doctors at the sheeba medical unions and hostess failed to make a deal and now thousands of people will be out of work. the hostess sell-off. center reattached four of his fingers, but in the end they had to reamputate two of them. he lives in the south, and there are rockets all the time in that area. hamas doesn't think about where the rockets are going, she says. while he is being treated in this hospital room just one room away there's another child with the same kind of war injuries, except she's from the other side of the conflict. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's worse -- look, our taxes are about to go up. not the taxes on our dividends though, right? that's a big part of our retirement. oh, no, it's dividends, too. the rate on our dividends would more than double. but we depend on our dividends to help pay our bills. we worked hard to save. well, the president and congress have got to work together to stop this dividend tax hike.
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she's from gaza. this 8-year-old lost three fingers when the war came to her home. i heard the sound avenue missile that hit. i didn't even have time to ask what happened, and then the second one hit, she says. when the dust cleared, she could see the bones of her child's fingers and small pieces on the floor. she was taken to al sheeba hospital in gaza, but it was too crowd and they couldn't give her the best carry, so the family asked israel for permission to cross the boarder. initially her mother was terrified, terrified at the prospect of people considered an before it's too late. that's her "huge savings" face. yeah. don't worry, i get it all the time. [ male announcer ] we guarantee our low prices. even our black friday prices are backed by ad match. the first and only place to go this black friday. walmart. enemy in their country putting their hands on her wounded daughter. "it's a strange situation, and it's my first time entering israel. i was afraid, but they treated me and my daughter in a very nice way, and i understand that medicine has nothing to do with politics," she says. >> it is all outside the hospital. here there is an island of sanity in the water of the middle east. here we treat people.
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we don't actually look from where they are and what they do and what they did before coming here and what they're going to do after leaving us. >> reporter: dr. battia is treating both children. >> it will never be normal. it will affect her life from now on, and his life from now on. choice of profession and choice of hobbies and choice of future partners for life. everything. >> reporter: she has worked in this tel aviv hospital her entire career treating everyone from soldiers to suicide bombers and the civilians in between. >> what is it in this piece of land that everybody is fighting about it all the time? this is what comes to my mind and whether this is our lot for eternity from now on, you know, to have injuries on both sides, always fighting. what's the point? >> reporter: if there is a point, it is lost on a 4-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl from either side of the israel-gaza border who just want ♪ you make me happy [ female announcer ] choose the same brand your mom trusted for you. children's tylenol, the #1 brand
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to be children but now share a similar fate. their innocence interrupted by a war they had nothing to do with. >> whenever there is conflict, there are always people trying to create peace even in a place like this where there is fighting that happens on and off time and time and time again. fredricka. >> heart-breaking. of pain and fever relief recommended by pediatricians and used by moms decade after decade. an out of this world thanksgiving meal, turkey and all the fixings, served to the sarah, thanks so much. >> more than 40,000 lives have been lost. we will get a live report. and a dangerous warning from scientists who say there are more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere now than ever before. we'll talk to bill nigh, the science guy, about what it means for the health of our planet. twins. i didn't see them coming. crew aboard the international space station. nasa says the dinner included such space worthy foods as irrateiated smoked turkey and thermostabiliz thermostabili thermostabilized. pediatricians here around earth are concerned now that more boys are bulking up and using muscle enhancing products in order to do it. that's according to a study in the journal pediatrics. two-thirds of boys reported
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as we talking about conflicts around the world, it's hard to believe syria has gone on for 20 months with despair. now an op sfwligs group says the
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civil war has claimed 42,000 lives, and that is not counting the 30 people who are killed today. one city that's been particularly hard hit is aleppo. as nick peyton walsh shows us, no place is safe. >> reporter: even sanctuaries in aleppo can be deadly. this hospital where the wounded flood itself hit by an air strike wednesday. the building next to it collapsed. the hospital's lobby crammed with patients from children hit by shrapnel to injured rebels caught hard. in the debris at least 15 dead, including a doctor and two nurses. jubilation as one man is found alive, but now there's a question where do you take him to? doctors have struggled for months to keep death at its doors. blood-soaked blankets when we
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visited in september. few medical supplies, endless hours, constant bombing, the power cut. but they persisted even when rounds hit the hospital's maternity ward. among their patients, an uneasy mix of competent and innocent born out of no other choice. there really was nowhere else to run for so many injured in aleppo, and now that is left in tatters. >> knit payton-walsh joining us now live. have they found any more survivors from that rubble in that hospital? >> reporter: video emerging of one man, i think, pulled from the rubble yesterday, and there are also photographs of a 13-year-old boy being brought from the wreckage, but they still believe to have more than 40 people under that substantial debris there. that building next to the hospital, four or five stories of it collapsing, and, of
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course, hospital next door. its lobby always teaming with injured team and wounded rebel fighters rendered inoperable. such a wide arrangement of people in that city. >> nick, you know, the leader of iran's parliament was in damascus today. iran is one of syria's key allies. last week iran hosted a conference for the syrian opposition and representatives of the syrian government, so what does iran have to gain in all of this? >> well, i think iran wants to see any political solution in its footprint all over it, but you want to bear in mind any opposition politician, iran is absolutely a key backer, a sustaining force behind the damascus regime. political solutions engineered by them are really going to lack credibility with the op sfwligs, but iran, as i say, accused by the rebels of being a key financier and armer, supporter of the damascus regime, and desperate to be sure that whatever emerges from this is
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something that it will control and get comfortable with. >> regionable stability is of a grave concern. turkey requested nato, deployed patriot missiles near its border with syria. how has damascus responded to that? >> obviously that's the last thing syria wants to see. the world's biggest military machine in history getting involved and backing up its member there, turkey, but really we're get yet to see if the missiles will get there, although the secretary general says they'll deal with this as merit of urgency. russia already making its discomfort known, saying it's worried simply because nato is there in a military capacity. it could get drawn in, and we've seen this before. the turkish military firing back at the syrian regime when they shell into turkish territory. a very volatile situation here, and many observers thinking for once nato has that really sophisticated firepower on the border with syria, the no fly zone may end up emerging simply because it's going to be hard for people to know on the nato
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side, on the turkish side exactly what syrian regime activity amounts to being hostile or not. frederica. >> nick payton-walsh, thank you so much in beirut. ahead on "newsroom international" anti-government rebels storm a critical city in the democratic republic of congo. now thousands are running from the violence. 's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%, you can save on your monthly prescription. [ male announcer ] dosing and application sites between these products differ. women and children should avoid contact with application sites. discontinue androgel and call your doctor if you see unexpected signs of early puberty in a child, or, signs in a woman which may include changes in body hair or a large increase in acne,
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pictures right now of tahrir square. a family scene, is it not, from a year ago, the arab spring, which led to the toppling of the dictatorship of hosni mubarak. this time protesters have turned out in favor of the new president mohammed morsi who says he wants absolute power, no interference from any court. it would be temporary, says his office. however, the protesters there are saying they don't like the idea stault, temporary, because parliament has yet to be put into full place, and that's still months away. he says this is what he would want. no interference from any court. at least until parliament is put into place. of course, protesters are turn
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youed out in full force there saying this is just too reminiscent of the dictatorship that just left just barely a year ago. morsi then -- he has been in office now since june, so people are not very happy about how he is exercising his power thus far. we'll keep an eye on that rear square. they're advancing towards the next battleground. peace keep nerz goma were fighting between rebels and government soldiers. this yash has been embroiled in violence since 1994. it has left thousands of people displaced. now thousands more are running for their lives. david mckenzie reports now from neighboring nairobi, kenya.
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>> reporter: they are left with a wider war in the center of africa. the m23 rebel group took a key town on friday of government forces and alliance militia. thousands of civilians were seen flying, sometimes carrying all their possessions on their backs. the u.k. charity says that more than 100,000 people need humanitarian assistance in this crisis. now there's a move to try to solve the growing conflict at the negotiating table. the mrekz have been summoned to use quanneda to try to find a way to find peace, but the international observers believe that because the u.n. peacekeeping force watched as m23 took the key city of goma earlier this week, they might be emboldened to push on. they say they want to "liberate" the entire of the country and
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get the advanced technology of adt and save $300. starting at $99 installed. pulse save on accessories. call now or visit adtpulse.com/tv. sale ends midnight november 27th. the damage wausd by superstorm sandy here in the states have a lot of people asking questions about our weather and what's in our atmosphere. will scenes like these become more frequent? are storms like these the new norm? a recent report from the world meteorological organization has some frightening statistics about greenhouse gases. chad myers is here to break it down for us. we've got bill nigh on the other side as well. alarming reports, say some. >> it is. this is the highest level now of co2 that we've ever seen, and
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it's not stopping. this isn't just the peak that we were higher back in 1990. this exponentially is going up. back before we were burning fossil fuel, our baseline was about 280 parts per million. can't get much lower than that because we weren't doing much. we weren't even having enough people preindustrial, but now we have a 40% fever here. we're up to 390.9 parts per million, and that number has no education that the acceleration is slowing down. >> so why is this? i mean, what, if anything, can be done to change the equation here? >> don't we think we're doing a lot? we're recycling, turning off the lights, doing so much more than our parents did, but we're not slowing it down. we have so many more people on the planet now that concentration is still going up. >> so what's the correlation here? you know, there are some who say, you know, climate change, it's not an element here. this is just natural progression of change, of evolution, and the
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earth will correct itself. >> possibly. i don't know that we want to take that chance. something else happens here. the ocean soshz a lot of the co2 turning it into carbonic acid. we are pole outing our ocean with this acid. i'm want worried that we're going to kill the human species because of global warming, but we may kill the human species if we kill the ocean and have nothing else in the ocean except dead mass because it's just the biggest sitting pool. >> let's bring in bill nigh, the science guy, joining us now. you know, bill, what's your take on this? do you think there really is a correlation here between man's behavior, whether this is kind of the natural evolution of the earth, whether greenhouse gases affect -- or is it caused by people's behaviors? >> oh, yeah. as humans, they're -- when i went -- no, when i went to the world's fair in 1965, there were three billion people in the
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world. well, now there's over 7 billion. 2 1/3 of the people in my lifetime alone, and not just my father and grandfather's lifetime. before we started burning fossil fuels in steam engines, in, let's say, 1700s, we had, again, 280 parts per million carbon dioxide. now we have almost 400. it's not just the amount of carbon die objection itd, it's not just the amount of greenhouse gases like methane and water vapor, it's the rate. it's the speed at which we are adding this gas, these gases, that is soconcerning, but i will say we could be at a turning point that we're even having this discussion is big progress for people like me that we're even considering this. now, all the computer models, that's where people try to get a mathematical model of the earth's atmosphere. these things are fan tossically complicated.
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weather is complicated. storms like sandy are consistent with every computer model, and so this is of great concern, and this is maybe an opportunity to turn it around. everybody in the entire world, especially in the united states, could mean more efficient means of moving electricity around and transportation and storing electricity. we could, dare i say it, change the world? >> you say everyone in the world. it's everyone's responsibility to kind of turn it around, but is it your belief that is those of us here in the u.s. are the biggest offenders? >> oh, yeah. well, the word offenders -- we, the united states -- >> or maybe contributeorsoors t. the largest contributors. are we, instead, the largest contributors? >> the problem or the opportunity is people in the developing world want to live the way people in the developed world live, but if we all try to do that at our current
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inefficiencies with our current inefficiencies we'll need another couple of earthed, and we don't have those, so we have to find ways to do more with less. now, i was boorn in the u.s. i am not objective about it. i would like the u.s. to be the world leader in these new technologies that will help us do more with less. it would be okay in a scientific sense or maybe for the sake of human kind if it's invented in other parts of the world, but i would rather it were done here, and this could be the big -- this hurricane sandy, as traumatic as it is or was -- it still is -- it maybe will give us that kick we need to everybody work together and change the world. >> hey, bill, it's chad. i believe in baby steps because i believe that we have such this overwhelming number, these statistics, we can't fix this. in the human mind we can't get our mind around it. how do we take baby steps, one thing at a time? what's the first thing we should do as a nation to get this under
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control? >> well, perhaps -- let me throw this out. just think of the cost. did we spend $20 billion, $30 billion, $100 billion recovering from sandy. suppose we had invested that $100 billion in any sort of existing technology for moving energy around and make it more reliable. we would have that money available to do other stuff. >> you mentioned transportation being another route, bill. >> i live in los angeles. it's so he inefficient. >> some people would say at least over the last ten to 20 years there's been so much progress being made, whether you are talking about hybrid vehicles, cleaner engines, et cetera, but it doesn't seem like that's making a big enough impact if we want to blame
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transportation for being a giant contributor too. >> well, see, as i always say, i think we have to do everything all at once. we're making progress on fuel efficiency is good. >> that can be very costly too. >> just think -- well, except look at the price tag of repairing things after stuff. look at katrina and now sandy. you know, sandy wasn't especially a big hurricane, as hurricanes go. it just happened to get deflected ashore in an inopportune place, and from a geological standpoint, you know, katrina was 2005. sandy is 2012. in a sense of deep time, that's like the blink of an eye. it's just happened like that. if these storms happen every five years, then every four years, this is going to be very expensive and traumatic thing, and that's just in the developed world where we have the means to feed 50,000 people on thanksgiving day, but in developing worlds, it leads to
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just horrible trauma, and we have huge inefficient sis, and there's going to be conflict over transportation and clean water and who gets the rights to live in the right -- in the most desirable places. this could be a turning point. i am an advocate of doing everything all at once. >> so to both of you as we wrap it up, real quick then, do you believe, the both of you, we're going to see more, larger, begger, more frequent storms as a result of these, you know, greenhouse gases? >> there's -- >> we should -- >> there's more heat energy in the atmosphere, and this is what you would expect. strangely enough, when there's more heat energy in the atmosphere in a place like the great lakes, it snows a little more because there's more moisture up there. it's not that complicated, but it's not -- it's a little bit counter intuitive at first. >> chad. >> if you put more gas, more heat in a hot air balloon, will it go higher?
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yes. >> chad myers, bill nigh the science guy, thank you to both of you gentlemen. appreciate it. sdoo thanks, good morning. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. it's morning somewhere, right? the president of mexico wants to rename his country, by the way, whether it's morning, afternoon, or evening, and i getting a lot of support south of the border. we'll explain. maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ... nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. how they'll live tomorrow. for more than 116 years, ameriprise financial has worked for their clients' futures. helping millions of americans retire on their terms. when they want.
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sdwrirchlgts mexico's outgoing president wants to change the country's name. you may not realize the official name since 1824 has been united mexican states, but president philippe yea cauldron is backing the words united states and make the country's official name simply mexico. cauldron says that's the name used by everyone around the world and the one that makes
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mexicans proud. so many mexican people believe their traditional music is as important to their global image as the country's name. in mexico city a group of dedicated musicians is making sure mariachi will be around for generations to come. here's cnn's nick parker. ♪ >> reporter: balance and flamboyant outfits, mariachi around the world and here in -- in its heyday it was known as a hub for tourists and music lovers who would pour in to get a song from the mariachi, but since then the popularity of the music has declined, and this area is now in need of regeneration. ♪ just off the square a class is underway in mexico's first
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mariachi school. viktor is legendary musician now enjoying a new role as a teacher. it's my life, he says. i'm 73 years old, and i started playing when i was 9. now i'm here with the boys. ♪ >> reporter: this student is already playing in the square, but has enrolled in classes anyway. i think we should be prepared to play our mexican music at a theoretical and practical level, he says, as it deserves. and this is key to the mission of the school. >> there were so many stereotypes that became -- that began to kind of belittle the tradition. movies and playing mariahi music, and it's kind of like a revindication, a going back to revalue what mariachi was. ♪ >> reporter: and this is a classically trained violinist who has traveled the world with
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mexi mexico's symphony orchestra. >> i think it's important for a new suggestion. >> reporter: the school is also making inroads into a culture that's been long dominated by men. we are still a long way of having bands with more women, the student says, but this institution will change that. we ended the day with the all-important singing lesson where students also learned about leading composers. attempts to teach the tone deaf were ultimately futile. and in the square reaction to the school has been mixed with some resenting the standardization of music that has been played for decades. ♪ >> reporter: there is a shared love of the rich tradition. nick parker, cnn, mexico city. ♪ >> and if you are setting up those christmas decorations, you might need to update your manger scene because the pope is out with a new book that tells a
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very different story about what happened when jesus was born.
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pope benedict xvi says there were no cattle or sitting angels when jesus was born, and in his new book "jesus of nazareth, the infancy narrative" he also questions jesus' birth date. the book is being published many several languages just in time for christmas. co-editor of the belief blog joining us live from washington. good to see you, eric. this book debunks a lot of what we traditionally believe happened on the first christmas. the an malgz in real life manger scene, after all, says the pope. how does the pope draw these conclusions? >> what the pope is doing is he is going through the gospel narratives of how jesus was born and where and he is doing what's called a textural -- a textual
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criticism as he is looking at actual words implicitly and explicitly. this is going to make a lot of the kids upset who are set to be the objectixen and the sheep in christmas pageant. in the gospel of luke when you we are talking about the jesus story. she is referring to mary, gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." the manger was where the animals ate in a stable, so they're essentially putting jesus in a bowl the animals ate out of. there you have this implicit reference to animals, but not an explicit reference to animals, and the pope is saying, yes, in our tradition we have all these histories of oxen and sheep, but it doesn't necessarily say that in the text. so he says that we should probably set aside. >> okay. what about the angels in the story? there are so many, you know,
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caroles and hymns about the sing angels. >> the pope is not calling for people to rip these caroles out of the hymn natural just yet. it's another textural criticism. he is saying that when you look at how luke, the author, writes that, it says the angels said to the shepherds, not the angels sang to the shepherds. he makes that very clear distinction that the text says one thing, and the tradition says something else. of course, what the angels said to the shepherds has become part of our christmas singing tradition, and he is saying, look, they didn't actually sing it. they probably just said it, but that doesn't change the message of what they said. it's a theme he comes back to again and again as he is debunking and taking part the text. >> so you have to wonder whether this is going to kind of alter the way in which people celebrate christmas. >> you know, the one thing that's interesting about the pope's book as i was reading it this morning is this theme again and again that he comes back to. if these traditions are taken out, if angels just say this
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instead of singing it, if there are no animals, but they're still in the stable, it doesn't change what he thinks is the main theme of the story, this notion of god coming down to earth as a little baby and being the savior of mankind. that theme doesn't change. i really don't think traditions are going to change all that much. i don't see a lot of christmas pageant dreshlgts ripping up the script today and rewriting it in time for the christmas pageant. >> you want to have -- you do have to wonder why the pope feels compelled to sort of set the record straight? >> these traditions kind of override the narrative sometimes, i think, and it strikes me in reading his book, he is a theologiam. he continues to write at length about this. where he is most concerned with is the narrative, that theme of the story as opposed to the trappings of tradition that is go along with it. after all, he is the pope, so it's an important message for catholics and for all christians. >> that's right. eric, thanks so much. >> you got it.
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it's been three months that a strike in south africa -- almost 20 years ago. these are images from that fateful day. hard to forget that. police killed 34 minors in that shooting. we look at the borking conditions in mines and one of the key reasons behind miners' wage demands. [ rooster ] >> reporter: the tranquil eastern cape. some 800 kilometers from
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johannesburg is the birthplace of nelson mandela, and it's the home of where mine workers hail from. there's little economic activity here, so thousands of men leave their families behind many sech of work in the gold and platinum mines near johannesburg. after years of service, they come home to retire feeling weak like this 64-year-old who contracted silicosis after a lifetime of inhaling mine dust as a drill operator. >> translator: i have spent months with an aching chest. i have never worked any place else. mining is all that i have ever known. >> reporter: travel willing back and forth is costly by many, so they save every month returning to their loved ones once a year for christmas. near the mines and far from home they start a new life and new families accumulating additional
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responsibilities in the process. a lot has changed in south africa since democracy in 1994, but this pattern of a miner's life has remained the same for more than a century. during apartheid the movement of black people is restricted. today miners are free to settle wherever they want, but ip unaffordable for them to uproot their large families in the rural areas to nearer the cities where the cost of living is much higher. instead most end up living a double life with one big family in the rural areas and a smaller one in town. a life unaffordable on their salaries. hence, the demands for lifting pay rises. 32-year-old man left the eastern cape to find work at a mine near johannesburg. he narrowly escaped death in
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august when police gunned down 34 of his colleagues protesting for higher pay. most of those who died that day were from the eastern cape. the incident shocked the world and triggered copycat strikes across the sector. >> translator: look at where we live. the government doesn't pay us muff. >> reporter: the company increased wages by up to 22%. it's still not enough to cover his massive expenses. after months of failing to improve living conditions of their workers, mining minister suzanne now admits government needs to do more. >> it's not a for labor or the mining sector only. it's an issue of the country. it's about the country assist a whole. >> reporter: a wake-up call for some african leaders for increased wages alone not being enough to address and for further expectations of a better
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life post-apartheid. >> and we'll be right back after >> and we'll be right back after this.? i love math! but two ipads means two data plans? that's crazy. maybe not. with at&t mobile share, adding an ipad is just $10 a month. but honestly, mom and dad's love is all i really need. we should keep these for us. we should keep these. what?! [ male announcer ] at&t mobile share. add an ipad for just $10 a month. one plan. up to 10 devices. at&t. rethink possible.
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for more information including cost support options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. looking at the closing bell right now. the market closing early today because of the holiday, and getting a little company there from some kids. it's been children's day. a lot of folks there at the new york stock exchange bringing their kids to work, and they got a little help from some story book characters and another recognizable character to the retail industry. you got barbar the elephant and yetti there. the dow closing up. i'm fredricka whitfield in for suzanne malveaux. we have a lot to bring you today. alison is also at the new york stock exchange.
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black friday started on thanksgiving day in some places. how did all of that factor in. >> yes, you see that playing out in the numbers. the dow up 172 points today. now that the market is closing. sure, investors are pretty encouraged so far by those crowds coming out for the black friday sales. targeted shares, best buy shares up as well. we'll get a better idea of how the stores did next month and some of the shares really come rolling in, and then, of course, when fourth quarter earning season is up, then you'll be looking at sales number. you know, what pretty decent game to ends the week. lots of bumpy trading days in the past few days. those have had investors on edge, but today investors focussing on the positive and
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focussing on shopping. fredricka. >> that's good. i know you said it will be a few days before it's successful this black friday was, but initially do people feel, you know, fairly, i guess, encouraged that this might be a better year than last? does minimum think -- willing to take that kind of stab? >> yeah. they are. they're taking a stab at it saying sales estimates seem to be better this year than last year already. more shoppers out there. plus more hours to shop. recall numbers shows sales are up from 18% from a year ago, and consumers shopping from a mobile device reached a new record. it really looks like a good start to the holiday shopping season. black friday, you have to remember, is traditionally the biggest -- the busiest shopping day of the year, but more
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importantly, it's important for retailers because, fredricka, it can make up to 40% of their annual sales in the november through december period. >> wow. and then you said on-line shopping already up. that's before cyber monday, but before we get to monday, there's something called small business saturday. now, there's something just about every day after thanksgiving. that's when you're encouraged shop at the small businesses tomorrow, saturday. >> yes. this is a new concept relatively new. start two years ago with american express. it's about these small businesses saying, hey, they're raising their hands saying don't forget us. worry let's head out here too. industry groups saying more than 100 million people came out to shop at the independently owned small business on black friday last year, but, you know, these small businesses have a huge obstacle. they face the problem of getting the word out. that they're out there, that they've got some deals too. it's these big box retailers that got although money to spend on circulars and tv ads. the small businesses are trying to say, hey, we're here too. don't forget us. come out for saturday small
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business -- to the small businesses. fredricka. >> lots of encouragement there. thanks so much. enjoy the welcome. holiday weekend. zimplt the country's largest retailer says crowds of shoppers are larger than last year, despite protests at some of its stores. wal-mart, i'm talking about, says it processed nearly ten million registered transactions during its first four opening hours on thanksgiving day. works out to about 5,000 items per second. unions and some wal-mart employees are targeting the chain today. we are outside of wal-mart, and that's in paramount, california, where there are big crowds in the parking lot. who is protesting the retail chain and what are they actually hoping to accomplish?
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>> they're not all this from this store, and the reason why they are targeting the most important shopping day of the year to be out here in front of these stores is to remind shoppers and management that there are some serious problems here with the workers, with pay and health care. this is something twheer seeing not just in the store, but marshally across the country. from texas to maryland. there are employees who are not showing up for work. here's what one employee told us. >> we don't want customers to walk from wal-mart. this is how we pay our bills. with them this is how the store stays open. it's awesome. what we're trying to do is get a point across. that's all we're trying to do. wal-mart, help us. >> reporter: so trying to make a
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point. the question is has wal-mart management heard? at this point it does appear that management and these protests who are outside aren't going to be coming to the table to have any real open heart to heart discussions, fredricka. >> wal-mart not necessarily acknowledging or in any way sending a message to these employees that they will consider raising pay, trying to improve the condition of the workers? >> what maul wal-mart is saying that they don't believe this is having much of an impact, having talked to some of the shopper, i can tell you that a lot of shoppers say there's something happening inside and then they walk inside and look for a good deal. what wal-mart is telling us that they believe they have 50, only 50, employees who just didn't show up for work. walking out in front of the store instead. the employees here say that's absolutely a flat out lie.
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they believe many more workers have not shown up for work in order to protest. both sides hoping that they're going to be able to keep their groundand dig in, but, you know, the ultimate goal of trying to meet somewhere in the middle doesn't appear to be any time soon. >> all right, paramount, california. thanks so much. die-hard shoppers are out in force today taking advantage of doorbuster deals and black friday bargains. elsewhere. hard to believe, but this was the scene at a victoria secret pink store in kansas. hundreds of screaming teenage girls descending on the store. mall security officers trying to keep them from pushing their way inside. lines were so long at stores like toys "r" us where some shoppers waited overnight for the doors to open. toys and electronics are among
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the big hot ticket items there. a retail trade group estimates that 147 million shoppers nationwide plan to hit the stores today and throughout this weekend. the crowds and long lines occasionally led to some pushing and shoving, of course, while most shoppers seem to enjoy the frenzy. however, it was still too much for some. >> guys, crazy. all it is is stuff. it's just stuff. >> my granddaughter opened up the magazine and said this is what i want for christmas. i was lucky. it was fun. i met some people outside the store and shared some stories, and it was good. >> it's awesome. got what we wanted, and we're done. i'm going to be the greatest mom in the world. >> my goodness. well, things did get a little out of hand at a mall in michigan. police hauled two people away in handcuffs after a fight there
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broke out. this morning fist lady michelle obama was presented with this 19 foot frazier fur from jefferson, north carolina. it was selected back in october. the tree will be on display in the blue room. the national christmas tree association has presented the christmas tree every year since 1966. here's how jay leno says the obamas spent their thanksgiving. today is a little quieter. here's what elz we are working on. protesters in egypt are outraged over president morsi's --
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so i brought it to mike at meineke. we gave her car a free road handling check. i like free. free is good. my money. my choice. my meineke. it's after 8:00 p.m. in die row right now, and it's been a very long day of angry, sometimes violent protests filling the streets. tear gas was fired to try to break up crowds of people infuriated by a list of decrees issued by egypt's new president. mohammed morsi essentially gave himself absolute power to create laws and to implement them with no oversight at all, including by the country's courts fed up
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egyptians flooded the streets saying this looks too much like hosni mubarak which led to last year's deadly revolution. president morsi says he is doing it for the good of the country. reza sayah joining us from cairo. the people of cairo are not buying the president's explanation, even if it means it's just temporary until parliament is ushered in? >> no, they're not. they're angry. if anyone thought egyptians were tired of protesting after two years of demonstrations, all have you to do is look at tahrir square in cairo today, and it's clear that they're not tired and they're angry. thousands of protesters filing in to tahrir square today. also protests, demonstrations, taking place in places like alexandria, port sayid. these demonstrators are angry after a controversial set of decrees were announced by egypt's president mohammed morse yir. it's important to explain
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there's decreases. one of them bans anyone, even the judiciary, my authority, from overturning, appealing, any of mr. morsi's decisions since he took office in june. this is an order that to be in place until a parliament takes over, a parliament is established that could be months away. technically right now mr. morsi is the most powerful man in egypt, and he can technically do whatever he pleases without any oversight. in one decree mr. morsi says this particular panel cannot be dissolved. he is describing these decrees as a way to push forward the democratic process, but his opponents, fredricka, are saying
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it's an undemocratic power grab. >> all right. reza, thank you for that update out of cairo. >> now to the fragile cease-fire that president morsi helped broker between israel and hamas. palestinian leaders say israel has violated the truce that just less than 24 hours old. sarah joining us live now from jerusalem. sarah, there was a shooting today in a buffer zone near the israeli-gaza border. exactly what happened? these were farmers in the area. they say that one person was killed and 25 people injured. however, the israeli military, a very different story saying there were groups of men who were protesting israel, trying to go underneath the border, trying to get into israel, and that the military shot in the air a warning shot. that warning shot was not heeded and then the military shot
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towards their legs. so far israel not confirming the death or the injuries, but they are investigating. this kind of incident happens off and on along the border. this is not all that unusual that something might happen there and something violent. however, it comes at a very stressful time. a time when we're just coming up on 48 hours after the cease-fire is put into place, and one of the main sticking points of the cease-fire is that there would be no aggression from either side, and now we're hearing from the palestinian authority that they belief that the cease-fire is broken by israel. israel has not responded, nor has hamas, but you have to look at the situation and see that without a response from hamas who is in control in gaza and without a response yet from israel, so far the cease-fire is holding, though it is a very praj i'll one, fredricka. >> it seems like a real loose interpretation as to whether, indeed, that cease-fire is holding if one side is, you know, already shooting, but what about ordinary citizens? how are they seeing in, and what
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hopes do they have about the truce? >> this is exactly what a lot of citizens were talking about when they heard about the cease-fire. it sounded good. they were happy, but they didn't have to feel so sfresed out and so worried about their families on this side of the border. when it comes to the sirens, the sirens aren't ringing all the time. the rockets aren't coming over. when it comes to the other side of the border, which i spent time on both sides, you're not hearing the sounds of air strikes. people aren't as frightened. you're not hearing the planes overhead. however, there is a great deal of annoyance, animosity, if you will, because people do not believe the cease-fire is going to hold for a very long time, and what they really want is a permanent solution to this conflict, and most people don't believe that's going to happen in the very near future. >> all right. sarah, thanks so much. appreciate that. here in the states republican u.s. senator chambliss is taking aim at tax
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reformist grover norquist. why the senator may back out of his pledge not to raise taxes. plus, house majority leader john boehner sounding more and more like republicans won't be easily won over during tax talks. the mering fiscal cliff next. and it was a normal thanksgiving morning until this multi-car wreck. how some 100 cars collided in texas. >> it was just a kmpl seconds, chain reaction. crazy. flashed right before my eyes. i don't spend money on gasoline. i am probably going to the gas station about once a month. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. i go to the gas station such a small amount
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a lot of people in texas say they are lucky to be alive today. that's after this massive interstate pile-up on thanksgiving morning. more than 100 cars, pickup trucks were involved. they were barrelling down a stretch of i-10, and one collision caused yet another crash, and then the chain reaction kept on iffing. two people were killed and about 120 were injured. survivors say there could easily have been more fatalities. >> people just start screaming and running. they were trying to get out of the car and hit us again, and then after that car hit us, we
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jumped out, and then the 18 wheeler came and came across. >> when you look at your car, what are you thinking? >> i'm glad i wasn't in it. >> the back of his semi was in one of my son's headlights. i got my husband, my two kids, and i can't be any more thankful for that. >> that major east-west interstate in texas was closed for much of thanksgiving day in both directions. a real mess. all right. now to the so-called fiscal cliff. a top republican lawmaker may break ranks with tea party activist grover more kwis and his anti-tax pledge to avoid going over that cliff. georgia senator saxby chambliss signed the tax protection promise when he first ran for the u.s. senate back in 2008. he had this to say to cnn affiliate wmaz saying "i care more about my country than i do about a 20-year-old pledge if we do it his way, norquist's way, then we'll continue in debt."
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norquist heads americans for tax reform. he explained the pledge to my colleague soledad o'brien. >> the pledge is to the american people and to the people of their state. we share the pledge with everybody at americans for tax reform. the pledge isn't to me -- even vice president biden says that from time to time. >> house speaker john boehner may have some different plans going into talks about the fiscal cliff. he wrote in an opinion piece this week that the president's health care reform must be included in deficit negotiations. before you tell your kids a story of christmas, listen up. the pope is out with a new book, and it debunks a lot of details about jesus' birth. more on that later on this hour. >> here on the help desk we're talking about paying down debt and saving for the future. with me this hour are greg olson and carmen.
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greg, this question is for you. suzanne told us the more she spends on paying off her debt, the less she has to save. >> how do we balance between saving for the future and paying down some credit card debt? >> you know, those bills come in, and you see that debt, and your eyes just pop out of your head. >> it's an easy question, but i'm very glad she asked it because it's something that most people get wrong. unless you have an introductory rate or you're paying a sfwler 0% introductory rate and have the ability to transfer that in the future, low credit card debt rates are considered 12% right now. show me where you can get an investment that's going to net on an after tax basis after fee, that's guaranteed that's going to do 12%. it doesn't exist. therefore, pay off your credit card debt aggressively first. then save. >> even though you would be really surprised how an additional $20 a month, an additional, you know, $50 a month can cut that debt down so much more quickly. you can save years and also save
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thousands of dollars in interest in little amounts just adding to that every month, so really work hard and do that. >> that's a good trick. thank you. if you have an issue you want our experts to tackle, upload a 30 second video with your help desk question to ireport.com. ally bank. why they have a raise your rate cd. tonight our guest, thomas sargent. nobel laureate in economics, and one of the most cited economists in the world. professor sargent, can you tell me what cd rates will be in two years? no. if he can't, no one can. that's why ally has a raise your rate cd. ally bank. your money needs an ally.
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zirjs pope benedict xvi is challenging whether there were cattle or singing angels in the manger when jesus was born, and in his new book "jesus of nazareth, the infancy narratives" the pope also challenges jesus' actual birthday. the book is being published in
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several languages just in time for christmas. i spoke earlier with eric, co-editor of cnn's belief blog. >> the pope is going through the gospel narratives of how jesus was born and where, and is he doing what's called a textual criticism where he is looking at the actual words, what's there imleftly and what's there explicitly. i want to take a look at what he is talking about with the cattle. this is going to make a lot of kids upset that are set to be the oxen and the sheep in their christmas pageants this christmas, but let's take a look at this passage from luke. in the gospel of luke, when we're talking about the narrative of the jesus infancy story, it says and she, that's referring to mary, gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the in's. manger is where the animals are in a stable. they're essentially putting
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jesus in the bowl that the animals ate out of. there you have this implicit reference to animals, but not an explicit reference to animals, and the pope is saying, yes, in our tradition we have history of oxen and sheep, and it doesn't necessarily say that in the text. he says that we should probably set aside. >> okay. what about the angels in the story? there are so many, you know, carrolls and hymns about the singing angels. >> i know. the pope is not going to rip these carols out of the hymnal just yet. it's another textual criticism. he is saying when you look at how luke, the author, in this case writes that, it says the angels said to the shepherds, not the angels saunk to the shepherds. so he makes that very clear distinction that the text says one thing, and the tradition says something else. of course, what the angels said to the shepherds has become part of our christmas singing tropical depression, and he is saying, look, they didn't actually say it. they probably just said it. that doesn't change the message
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of what they said. it's a theme he comes back to again and again as he is debunk and taking apart the text. >> so you have to wonder whether this is going to kind of alter the way many which people celebrate christmas. he says if there are no animals, but they're still in a stable, it doesn't change, what he thinks, is the main theme of the story, this notion of god coming down to earth as a little baby and being the savior of mankind. that theme doesn't change. i really don't think traditions are going to change all that much. i don't see a lot of christmas pageant directors ripping up the script today and rewriting it in time for the christmas pageant. >> eric. christmas is just 31 days away. a jewelry store in tokyo is now selling the ultimate decoration. a $4.2 million christmas tree. yeah. $4.2 million christmas tree.
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there are thousands of people who are working at a dizzying pace to make sure it doesn't happen. sandra endo goes behind the scenes with the pit crews. >> reporter: at the gate the action starts when these wounds stop the plane. we got an exclusive up close look at united airlines' highly choreographed ramp services crew at houston's bush intercontinental airport. first unloading a flight from amsterdam. these metal containers are filled with luggage. snoo people don't realize there's a lot of processes that go through getting the bag from one destination to another, but we do it proficiently. >> timing is everything when you turn a plane as these guys unload the cargo after the plane. you can see it there. catering is restocking the plane with food. >> reporter: there's refueling, filling the water tanks, and replacing blankets. bb chavez watches over it all from a control center at the
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airport. >> i want to think of myself more as an orchestra conductor. it's a complex organization. everybody has a responsibility. everybody has a critical part of the mission. >> you have cleaning crews and maintenance checking to make sure everything inside the plane is ready to go for the next flight. the pilots arrive while as many as 35 employees continue to ready the aircraft for departure. workers can see just how long they have to complete their task by the countdown clock over there and typically it ranges, depending on the size of the plane, from 40 minutes to about an hour and a half. i got to climb inside a cargo hold being filled with bags for the flight back to amsterdam. >> you stay ahead of the game and get yourself in order. you organize everything, and you'll be all right. >> it's heavy lifting. >> yes, it is. when you do it so long, you'll get used to it. >> reporter: efficiency is key. the head of operations says it's not only fwood for passengers, but for company profits. >> the faster we can turn an airplane, the sooner we can get
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there are injuries after last friday's -- excuse me -- oil platform fire. that platform exploded about 20 miles off the south-central louisiana coast. one man was found dead afterwards. at least 11 others were hurt. some of them badly burned. we've learned now that one more worker has died of his injuries. one man remains missing. the off shore rig is owned by black elk energy in houston, and produces both oil and natural gas. still no official word on what caused that explosion. it is an odd sight, but it could turn out to be a good thing of superstorm sandy. it knocked this roller coaster in seaside heights, new jersey, off the pier and partially submerged it in the ocean. instead of tearing it down, the mayor there is now considering leaving the roller coaster as a tourist attraction. mayor bill acres said, "it depends on the impact.
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we need to consider the environment, the structure, and how it might break down over time, and also see if we could secure it. it looks like it moved a little bit. having said all those things, i wouldn't have an issue with it being there." that from the mayor. but it isn't all up to the mayor. the private owners of the pier say they are waiting on their insurance company to tell them what they can and cannot do. >> reporter: all right. new york city can be idealic during the holiday season, but as alison kosik shows us, the fantasy has been disrupted by nasty reality and the aftermath of superstorm sandy. >> reporter: in 2011 over 50 million visitors to new york spent $32 billion attending shows like the christmas spectacular, shopping on fifth avenue, and riding around the island on the circle line. superstorm sandy has pretty much guaranteed that record won't be topped. in hard-hit lower manhattan the world's biggest financial
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companies reopened quickly, but that's not the case for many small shops and restaurants in the area and tourist attractions like the meesh statue of liberty. >> i don't think that the impact on tourism will be felt only in lower manhattan. we have some museums and attractions that are not yet open and some that are partially open, so i think we'l h here. shore, they're worried about the summer. >> the boardwalk we walked on it together this summer greeting residents, talking to business owners. it's gone. >> reporter: tourism is a $38 billion a year industry in new jersey and more than half of that comes from the shore. the new jersey tourism board says it's too early to estimate sandy's impact on the coming season, but atlantic city's casinos, like bally's and bravada have already taken a hit. total casino revenues were down 20% in october. >> my sense is that in the short-term, maybe auz look at revenue numbers that may come in for october, november, you might
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see some diminishing in our projection. on the flip side, come december through next june and beyond, you may see it be much brisker than we thought it would be because of the circumstances that have been forced upon our state. >> reporter: getting into new york and new jersey is no longer a problem. amtrak estimates a busy thanksgiving day. while its trains and lines are fully operational, storm damage and loss of revenue has cost the company tens of millions of dollars. new jersey transit are still repairing the damage, but service has been restored to most lines. those agencies say it's too early to know how much sandy will cost them. the same can be said for new york and new jersey where in the long-term cost of superstorm sandy will be felt for years. alison kosik, cnn, new york. if you want to help storm victims in the northeast, go to cnn.com/impact, and you'll find all kinds of information on how to contribute to the relief effort. they are booming with
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talent. hollywood baby boomers breaking the mold, proving age is just a number. >> i feel younger and better now i think than i did in my 20s, believe it or not. you know, i feel more in touch with my present, more involved in life. >> age against the machine. next. oh no, not a migraine now.
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